Reviewed by Forever in Blue Jeans from St. Louis on Thursday, March 1, 2012
I was looking for a vest that was fashionable and warm. this vest is good looking but not warm. i cannot detect any insulation between the two layers. My 100 wt Black Diamond vest is more functional and was 1/4 the cost.
Reviewed by Jay from Arkansas on Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I bought This after returning a similar down vest. I have found clothing with down to be warmer, but anything made with rip-stop fabric leaks down, so a vest like this one (with synthitic insulation) does not have that problem. I am 5'8" and 150 pounds with an athletic build. This vest in a medium fits well. It has all the features I was looking for: hand warmer pockets,inside pocket, two bottom drawstrings, and an 'athletic fit' with the stretch side panels. Only thing lacking is a zippered chest pocket, which I like.
Reviewed by The chef from Rhode Island on Monday, January 30, 2012
Bought the vest in Xl and it is a slim fit. I am 5'10" and 210 lbs. and the vest fits well under my jackets. The vest is very thin and works well to keep your core warm when active. I have other mid layers when it gets windy and really cold because this vest has a stretch panel on each side that is great for temp. control but not for wind block. I have other MH jackets and I was put off by the zipper on the vest. When you zip it up it works fine but it sticks at the bottom when you unzip it and it takes some effort to seperate the zipper at the bottom. It seems to get better with use but still not smooth. The zipper is not a deal breaker because I like the rest of the vest.
Reviewed by Busted Yuppie from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I purposely bought this vest for Spring, Summer and Fall backpacking. It is a little heavy for my backpack (10.8 oz. for size XL) when compared to a similar Patagonia or other high-end vest. BUT, it is warmer than my fleece vests that I have been using. It is fabulous, Mountain Hardwear quality, especially at the STP price, so that counteracts the weight in my book. It will work well under my ski parka at the resort, or under my shell for snowshoeing, or hanging out in town. It does not make me look like the Michelin Man due to the smaller ribs, synthetic fill, and stretchy side panels. It fits snug, but not tight, which is great to keep the heat in, and cold out. It has snug but not tight fitting arm holes, so unless you have NFL lineman arms, it ought to fit.
It has a high collar that zips way up on my neck but it is not tight fitting like some vests I own. (I like that so it makes room for turtlenecks, neck gaiters, scarves, etc. underneath.)
Another feature I like is that it comes about halfway down my backside, which should keep more warmth in as well around the lower kidneys. (I have some fleece vests that stop at the waist and thus they lose heat and are not as warm.)
Great buy at the STP price, especially if you have a coupon!
Best Uses: Around town, Backcountry, Camping, Hiking, Skiing, Snowshoeing